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A Flexible System Framework for a Nanoassembly Cell Using Optical Tweezers

[+] Author Affiliations
Arvind Balijepalli, Thomas W. LeBrun

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Satyandra K. Gupta

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Paper No. DETC2006-99563, pp. 333-342; 10 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 26th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, September 10–13, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4257-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3784-X
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The optical tweezers instrument is a unique tool for directed assembly of nanocomponents. In order to function as a viable nanomanufacturing tool, a software architecture is needed to run the optical tweezers hardware, provide an effective user interface, and allow automated operation. A flexible software system framework is described to utilize the optical tweezers hardware to its full potential. Initially we lay out the requirements for the system framework and define the broad architectural choices made while implementing the different modules. Implementation details of key system modules are then described. The flexible nature of the architecture is demonstrated by showing how a simulation module can be seamlessly included into the framework to replace the optical tweezers hardware as necessary. Finally, we show some representative assembly operations to demonstrate the capabilities of the system.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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